Brady Street, Whitechapel
Status: Completed September 2010
The project was born out of a requirement to keep a busy food retail store trading whilst half of its site was taken by Crossrail for five years. The response required the creation of a new three storey car park on the reduced site; connected to the store via an atrium containing vertical circulation and a cafe on the ground floor in a highly constrained site. Working with Buro Happold, the car park structure had to be designed to allow for the movement and settlement caused by Crossrail’s tunnelling below the site. Photographer: Simon Kennedy
Fast construction time was paramount. Use of pre-fabricated components and super scale cladding panels reduced on site disruption and build time. Architecturally, a ribbon of printed fabric panels wraps and unifies the atrium and parking decks in a ‘pattern of produce’ to create an abstract shop window onto Brady Street and Cambridge Heath Road.
View along Brady Street
View from Cambridge Heath Road
Ribbons of graphic fabric wrap the prefabricated structure
The temporary atrium space providing elevated views to the city beyond. Photographer: Tim Soar